In the five months of living in New york, Zoe met Joel. They started dating months before Zoe returned back to Bluebell. Zoe was first exposed to the public in season 3 episode 1. They have a lovely relationship although Joel had many rough times when he arrived. He adjusted to life in Bluebell with the help of Zoe. They even start looking for a house together. They cannot seem to settle on one house, until Joel caves and Zoe gets her way. Upon learning their house needs many expensive repairs Joel tells off the contractor and says he'll do it himself. As these "repairs" are being made they stay on Lavon Hayes plantation so they can get out of the Inn now that Lynly is gone.